Gallows Thief

Gallows Thief[Epub] ❥ Gallows Thief By Bernard Cornwell – Bluevapours.co.uk Rider Sandman having fought Napoleon in the French wars expected to lead the life of an English country gentleman but now two years after Waterloo his family is impoverished his name is disgraced and Rider Sandman having fought Napoleon in the French wars expected to lead the life of an English country gentleman but now two years after Waterloo his family is impoverished his name is disgraced and he has been forced to relinuish the woman he loves from her obligation to marry him Desperate to earn money he accepts the job of being the government's Investigator; an official who discovers whether petitions for mercy sent by condemned criminals should be granted His first case concerns a portrait painter who is due to hang for murder in a week's time and the government makes it clear that they want the verdict confirmedBut Rider Sandman whose ualifications for the post are nonexistent discovers that the painter is almost certainly innocent and as he peels back the layers of a corrupt penal system he finds himself pitted against some of the wealthiest and most ruthless men in Regency England who want to keep the truth hidden.

Cornwell was born in London in His father was a Canadian airman and his mother who was English a member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force He was adopted and brought up in Essex by the Wiggins family who were members of the Peculiar People a strict Protestant sect who banned frivolity of all kinds and even medicine After he left them he changed his name to his birth mother's maiden n.

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • Gallows Thief
  • Bernard Cornwell
  • English
  • 02 April 2014
  • 9780060516284

10 thoughts on “Gallows Thief

  1. Emma says:

    I really enjoyed this From about halfway through I was checking to see if this could be the first in a series as there was plenty of opportunity and story material for one but alas no Set in the Regency period this story places the spotlight on hanging as corporal punishment Between 1816 and 1820 was a particularly busy time for hangings in England and than 500 were carried out in that time Apparently this was only about a tenth of the number sentenced to be hung but through a rigorous and uite common system of petitioning many of these sentences were commutedI liked Rider Sandman as the main character once of the upper class but whose fortune has been lost by his gambling father A good man he has bought his way out of the army he fought at Waterloo and attempting to support his mother and sister Lacking employment he is summoned to the Home Secretary and offered a one off investigative task looking into the case of a condemned man whose family had been able to petition the ueen through family connections The investigation is undertaken and the outcome is predicted by the title Descriptions of Newgate and then the Old Bailey where the hangings occurred were vivid and grimly fascinatingRecommended

  2. Gary says:

    One of Cornwell's finest It is London in 1820 an England of much poverty social injustice and social ills and the gallows are busier than they have ever been in England with men and women hung for a variety of crimes without distinction between foul murder and petty theftA tragic scene at the beginning of the novel made a great impression on me where an innocent young girl a maidservant is hung for having allegedly stolen a pearl necklace and her protestations of innocence ignored This was one of the saddest scenes I have read in an historical novelEnter Captain Rider Sandman formerly of His Majesty's 52nd Regiment of Foot who is commissioned by the Ministry of Home Affairs to investigate a case where a young homosexual artist Charles Corday has been sentenced to death for the murder of the Countess of Avebu but he is innocent of the crime Sandman has fallen on hard times and has seen his engagement to a young countess Eleanor broken off due to his reduced circumstances He enlists the help of a beautiful young cockney actress Sally Hood the rough and ready Sargeant Berrigan and Sandman's fiancee Eleanor to help him solve this case and save Corday from the gallows He is set up against a sinister gang of aristocrats known as the Seraphim Club who will stop at nothing to prevent him revealing the truthThis is a fine fast paced action packed intriguing well crafted and page turning cracker of a historic detective novel As well as this it gives us a penetrating look in social issues of the Regency Period such as Capital Punishment social ills and rank money and influence

  3. Jason Koivu says:

    This is damn good Usually if it's not one of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe or Saxon series books I'm not interested But man this was uite interestingGallows Thief follows the beginnings of the post Napoleonic War career of Captain Rider Sandman who has been commissioned to investigate a murder A man has been framed and is condemned to die Will Sandman find the evidence to save him in time?Most of the story takes place in and around Regency London Cornwell has always excelled at period details and he doesn't falter here I would say he even exceeds himself this time in the creation of his characters From guttersnipe to lord all are brought to life beautifully in character description and colorful dialogue It's a true pleasure to readThe story as a whole is a pleasure actually Detective fiction and murder mystery fanatics will not be blown away by a diabolically difficult puzzler here but if you're looking for uality genre fiction set in this time period I can't recommend Gallows Thief enough

  4. Shannon says:

    A poor aristocrat takes a job on with the gallows in London and is exposed to the underbelly of noble society while trying to save a man from execution who he suspects is innocentIt has the usual Bernard Cornwell ualityAudio Go presents this one and Sean Barrett delivers a wonderful variety of British voices OVERALL GRADE B plus

  5. Gary says:

    One of Cornwell's finest It is London in 1820 an England of much poverty social injustice and social ills and the gallows are busier than they have ever been in England with men and women hung for a variety of crimes without distinction between foul murder and petty theftA tragic scene at the beginning of the novel made a great impression on me where an innocent young girl a maidservant is hung for having allegedly stolen a pearl necklace and her protestations of innocence ignored This was one of the saddest scenes I have read in an historical novelEnter Captain Rider Sandman formerly of His Majesty's 52nd Regiment of Foot who is commissioned by the Ministry of Home Affairs to investigate a case where a young homosexual artist Charles Corday has been sentenced to death for the murder of the Countess of Avebu but he is innocent of the crime Sandman has fallen on hard times and has seen his engagement to a young countess Eleanor broken off due to his reduced circumstances He enlists the help of a beautiful young cockney actress Sally Hood the rough and ready Sargeant Berrigan and Sandman's fiancee Eleanor to help him solve this case and save Corday from the gallows He is set up against a sinister gang of aristocrats known as the Seraphim Club who will stop at nothing to prevent him revealing the truthThis is a fine fast paced action packed intriguing well crafted and page turning cracker of a historic detective novel As well as this it gives us a penetrating look in social issues of the Regency Period such as Capital Punishment social ills and rank money and influence

  6. Dawn says:

    As witnessed by my 5 start rating I thought this was a fabulous book I am not sure if listening to it in audio form rather than reading it affected my enjoyment but when a book makes you put in extra time at the gym so you can listen to it's gotta be goodSet in 1817 two years after the Battle of Waterloo Rider Sandman is no longer engaged to the woman he loves has given up his commission in the army and no longer enjoys the privilege that money affords Not being able to support himself on what he makes from playing cricket he accepts a job from the home secretary to confirm the guilt of a convicted murderer The story is filled with references to cricket and even though I don't understand the game at all it only added to the story Whether characters had large or small parts they were all memorable though you have to wait for the last half of the book to get much action It is not a deep or complicated mystery but the end is satisfyingI would be happy to have Bernard Cornwell continue this series though at present it looks to stay a stand alone book

  7. Carol says:

    In 1820 London where you could be executed by the hangman for petit thief Rider Sandman is asked to investigate a condemned man's guiltAn artist is convicted of murder Sandman is no detective but he needs the money so he gladly accepts the work Sandman is a captain who fought at Waterloo but on his return to England his family is disgraced by his father's misdeeds and subseuent suicide The murder investigation leads to Rider uncovering scandalous behavior in the aristocracy and a corrupt penal system and someone is out to kill Sandman to keep him from discovering the truth An excellent adventure and historical mystery that keeps the reader engaged with wonderful characters vivid descriptions of executions flashback of war and life of all classes in London Well paced action romance and my favorite thing men with swords and tight britches Everything I need in a good book Highly recommended

  8. Gerry says:

    London 1817 Newgate where the crowds gather to watch the death throes of people on the gallows Charles Corday a portrait painter is sentenced to hang but is he guilty? Rider Sandman who fought at Waterloo sets out to prove his innocence But can he do so before the hangman slips the noose? A tremendous exciting read with the ambience of London of the early 1800s brilliantly captured

  9. Sofia says:

    I never thought I'd say this about a Cornwell book but here it goes this was crap I can't uite bring myself to hate one of his books so I guess 2 stars is than enough for the cheap thrills and predictable plotMy biggest peeves? Right of the bat cricket pun intended is te hero of the hour Captain Rider Sandman or as I like to call him Captain Awesome McCoolname Cpt Mcname here is indeed awesome He is a former cricket superstar memorable figure of the Waterloo battle and so righteous I wanted to knife him in his damn holier than thou face He lives penniless to care for his undeserving mother and sister He is outraged by the corruption brought by money into sports He WILL DO EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD to save a man from the gallows He will gallantly lace up the dress of a platonic but hot lady friend Oh but he needs a flaw so he has a bad temper that only flares up around bad people And he's dirt poor Eventually I had to stop rolling my eyes at the man out of eyelid exhaustionBy the way he had a fiancée who is supposed to be all super intellectual and modern and what not but the only thing you see her talking are demands gossips and garbles about twue wove Sooo yeah that didn't convince meAnyway super ex soldier goody two shoes is hired to check on a claim that a man condemned to the gallows might be innocent uh oh But the execution is in a week GASP Can you tell who is going to be rescued at the very very last minute? SUSPENSEHilariously there are of course rich young men full of evil who are in a secret society doing evil things because I guess that's what everyone did for entertainment back in the day And because they are SO EVIL our hero spends the whole time convinced one of them is the real killer Red herrings? Who said anything about red herrings? Not me that's for sureDon't be mad at me if you think I have given away a spoiler because as soon as the character who would be killer is introduced you peg him Why? Because apparently all good men are beautiful righteous creatures of the Lord and the bad ones are weak and annoying So when you are introduced to the weakest most annoying snivelling creature of the lot you know he's the murdererWhat's worse is that I usually suck at figuring out murder mysteries seriously I've read everything Holmes y and know Poirot by heart and still couldn't solve a murder if the killer confessed yet I was halfway through the book and not only had pegged out the culprit but also how it happened and how the stupid book was going to end So that does not bode well for people who are actually good at this If you're one of those people you'll probably figure it out by the end of the first chapter because that's how subtle it isThere are two things where Cornwell usually shines and why I love him his description of battles and his insanely deep historical research Sadly here you are only treated to tiny throw away lines about Waterloo and the historical research is kind of meh According to the postface the research was about the epoch's penal system and the slang used by the criminal mob The former is used as mere context for the story while the latter is presented in a For Dummies format to the point where terms are actually listed in dialog and then immediatly explained in an awkward manner It's weird and it doesn't work and it's a damn shame because it actually seemed a pretty cool idea But then all of the action took place among the gentry so not only was it weirdly shoe horned it was damn uselessIf you're a die hard Cornwell fan this book will only break your heart If you like historical murder mysteries go read something with Matthew Shardlake or Brother Cadfael If you want to waste away an afternoon in light entertainment then sure read this one or you could go bake something sweet to snack on while you read a better book later

  10. Melissa says:

    Great characters and historical setting I enjoyed the journey from start to finish The only parts I skimmed without really reading were descriptions of cricket games

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